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    I'll have a look at the USB options, thanks chaps.

    In my previous experiences with Macrium I've found it only necessary to restore the C: partition even though I would also image the 100 MB partition too along with the C: drive. I might as well carry on doing this since space is not a problem. I gathered the following information regarding partitions on my system from a blog -


    WINRE_DRV - 1000 MB Windows RE bootable (for Recovery Mode) - Used when booting into Windows Recovery (Win RE) environment.

    SYSTEM_DRV - 260 MB System UEFI bootable (EFI/Windows boot menu) - UEFI boots this partition, it contains Windows NTLDR, HAL, Boot.txt, and some drivers (Windows will not boot without this).

    LRS_ESP - 1000 MB Lenovo Recovery System (EFI bootable) - Lenovo One Key Recovery (OKR) button boots into this partition, which allows to do factory restore.

    Microsoft reserved partition - 128 MB Reserved Microsoft partition for GPT-based disks - Must exist and must be 128 MB, used by Windows when moving or changing partitions through Disk Manager.

    Windows8_OS - 950 GB

    Unnamed partition - 450 MB ?

    LENOVO - 25 GB Lenovo D: drive - contains mainly drivers and installers for some bundled apps.

    PBR_DRV - 12.85 GB Lenovo factory reset image - Used by One Key Recovery system to reset laptop to factory condition.


    Would I be correct with imaging the following even though some of the options to restore other than by Macrium might not be available. I'll probably image all the other partitions too, just once, to be safe.

    WINRE_DRV
    SYSTEM_DRV
    Microsoft reserved partition

    Also, any idea what the 450 MB unnamed partition might be?

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    any idea what the 450 MB unnamed partition might be?
    Hi offpiste,

    A screenshot of your disk management would be helpful in making that determination. Also, your strategy with Macrium is sound; however, I generally image the entire drive but mine is much smaller so your approach may make more sense if time is of the essence.

    A screenshot like so:

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    Quote Originally Posted by off piste View Post

    Any comments will be appreciated along with your experiences of doing this. Disk Management image included.

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    Quote Originally Posted by off piste
    Also, any idea what the 450 MB unnamed partition might be?
    I would say, the 450 MB partition, is the new Windows 8.1 Repair Tools Partition.
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    Here is the new arrangement -

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    Windows 8.1


    Hi off piste,

    Looks like theog didn't even need a screenshot to make the proper determination. Thank you theog!
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Hi off piste,

    Looks like theog didn't even need a screenshot to make the proper determination. Thank you theog!
    Yes, thanks theog, I suppose the 'Recovery' was a bit of a giveaway,

    I might as well add this partition too.

    Thanks all for your help.
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